Diane Smith

District Coordinator

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Cell: 517-526-7895

Roles:

  • District Coordinator

Articles:

  • Looking for nutrition in gluten-free products

    November 9, 2015 | Celiacs and other consumers of gluten-free food are motived by nutrition and clean-eating. Company’s can follow these recommendations to improve their products’ appeal to this demographic.

  • Gluten-free product and sales growth

    November 4, 2015 | Greater availability and variety in gluten-free foods led to a 136 percent growth over the last two years with meat alternatives, desserts, snacks and energy bars at the top of the growth charts.

  • Tea beverages on the rise

    September 2, 2015 | Tea beverage sales have grown significantly in the last four years. Learn more about current trends and what is important to consumers.

  • The MSU Product Center’s HACCP pilot program was a success, thanks to MDARD

    August 3, 2015 | The MSU Product Center’s HACCP plan pilot program, funded by MDARD, leads to economic impact in the state.

  • What to expect when you sell your food product in local stores

    April 2, 2015 | Selling your food product in local food stores requires you to establish brand awareness, a price that will absorb supply chain mark-ups, a shelf life that works for you, and perhaps multiple products if you are targeting large retailers.

  • As Americans scan their food choices, will they choose to purchase organic?

    March 29, 2015 | Millennials and households with children are the highest consumers of organic foods. Their interest, convenience and price lead to mass retailers and unconventional food retailers as the primary purchase locations.

  • Packaging and labeling trends for beverages

    March 10, 2015 | Packaging and labeling of beverages is important to consumers. Learn more about current trends and what is important to Baby Boomers, the Swing Generation and parents.

  • Growing your food business: Part 3

    December 15, 2014 | Learn how to grow your business from a direct sales or small wholesale business into a large-scale wholesale business. Michigan food processors offer tips that they have learned through the school of hard knocks.

  • Growing your food business: Part 2

    December 15, 2014 | Learn how to grow your business from a direct sales or small wholesale business into a large-scale wholesale business. Michigan food processors offer tips that they have learned through the school of hard knocks.

  • Growing your food business: Part 1

    December 15, 2014 | Learn how to grow your business from a direct sales or small wholesale business into a large-scale wholesale business. Michigan food processors offer tips that they have learned through the school of hard knocks.

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